Dipak is a pharmacist and owns a group of pharmacies in Victoria. He is the Chair Monash Health Board and Chair of Member Benefits Australia Pty Ltd. Previous positions held include President of the Pharmacy Guild during 2006-2011, Chair of Gold Cross Products and Services Pty Ltd, Chair of Return of Unwanted Medicines, Board Member of Guild Insurance and Superannuation Company and Merridian Lawyers and several other Board positions in community and the pharmaceutical industry.
Jade is the principal of JMR Advisory and one of the founding directors of Energy Transition Solutions – an Australian developer of utility scale energy projects with a focus on sustainable energy projects to assist in the transition of the Australian energy market to a renewable energy future. During her 22 year legal career, Jade has worked in large private law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom including 8 years as a partner and also in-house as a General Counsel for 3 years. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia in 2002. Jade completed the Australian Institute for Company Directors Course in 2011 and has regularly advised and worked extensively with boards throughout her career.
Arthur has served as the Chief Operating Officer – International at REA Group Limited from 2015 until early 2017. As REA Group’s Chief Operating Officer – International, Arthur Charlaftis was responsible for leading the international operations of REA Group, including Southeast Asia and a strategic investment in North America. He also managed the Group’s international strategy including international mergers and acquisitions. Arthur joined REA Group in August 2011 as General Manager, Sales & Operations. In this role, Arthur was responsible for sales strategy, customer service and operational efficiencies across the residential, commercial, developer and media businesses. He has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development including nine years with multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prior to joining GSK, Arthur worked for Lilly For 13 years and gained valuable international experience working in Puerto Rico, the West Indies, and Central America. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David has extensive experience in a variety of sectors including funds management, real estate, hospitality and pubs, and banking. David has previously held positions in ASX listed organisations including as CEO and Managing Director of Hotel Property Investments Ltd, and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Redcape Hotel Group. David has also held senior finance roles at Coles Group Ltd, Spotless Group Ltd, Ansett Australia and Citibank UK. His skills include organisational leadership, stakeholder relations, corporate governance, risk management and finance. David completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2018 and has actively worked in corporate Boardrooms over the last decade.
Since 2013 George has served as Director of the Comfort Feet Podiatry Group and Managing Director of Comfort Feet Podiatry Franchising. As Managing Director of the Group’s Clinics, George is responsible for overseeing the growth of the Clinic Footprint in Australia as well as the Strategic Development of Products and Services. Prior to that George served in several Senior Executive roles for Vodafone Group PLC spanning over 13 years, including roles in Strategy, CRM & Online, and Mergers & Acquisitions.
John is an executive leader with a distinguished career using data insights to develop policy, and deliver effective communication and campaign strategies. John is the Co-Founder and Director of data and analytics firm The Red Fox Group where he advises some of the country’s most successful companies on data-driven strategies. John also has experience at the highest levels of government, including four years as the Chief of Staff to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Natalie is a qualified Business Broker with an extensive background in the pharmacy industry. She has Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Melbourne which included majors in Actuarial Studies, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics. Natalie’s work experience includes several roles managing various aspects such as valuations for pharmacies, research & statistics management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Business Brokers (AIBB).
Erica is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and organisational effectiveness across large and mid-sized financial, professional services, mining and public policy industries. Her previous experience includes executive roles with GMHBA, Guild Group, BHP Billiton, Grattan Institute and ANZ Bank, encompassing human resources, generalist operations, project and planning portfolios. Erica holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Business from Victoria University and several professional accreditations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter is an orthopaedic surgeon, Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery at The University of Melbourne. In addition, he is the Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Peter is also is a clinical academic with substantial involvement in teaching, training and research. He has held many national and international leadership positions including President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Chair of the Board in Orthopaedic Surgery at the RACS, and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Leadership Group at the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.
Phillip is a Chartered Company Secretary with experience in boardroom activities, commercial accounting including activities in financial restructuring, business assessment, strategic development, corporate governance and risk management and assessment, and governance training. Phillip is a specialist in governance, compliance and risk management and mitigation and is a Senior Course Director with the Governance Institute Australia.
The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) supports the Musculoskeletal Australia Board and management on the strategic direction and future planning of our programs and services. Find out more about the work of the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee.
Kerry’s qualifications and experience over 60 years, initially as a Registered Nurse then counsellor and psychotherapist in the public, private and community sectors has given her insight into the challenges for people living with musculoskeletal conditions and navigating the health systems. Her personal experiences of serious accidents, first in her 20s, radically changing her lifestyle and employment options and again, aged 70 (being run over on a pedestrian crossing walking to work) have enabled her to understand enduring pain and reduced mobility and lifestyle enjoyment. Kerry hopes that she can add to the MSK voice in increasing consumer-based decision-making.
Angela is a Wailwan/Ngemba woman. She has had rheumatoid disease since 2013, osteoarthritis, and a few other chronic illnesses. Angela thinks that musculoskeletal conditions can be a daunting diagnosis. Angela feels very privileged to have joined the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee and be given the opportunity to be a more vocal and supportive advocate for musculoskeletal conditions. Angela wants to be a change agent for awareness of the high impact musculoskeletal diseases have on people’s lives. Through community awareness and support, Angela believes we can contribute to people’s wellbeing, both physical and mentally.
Peter has a lower back injury and so his lower back and left hip and leg is often quite sore and needs constant treatment with massage, chiropractor and heat packs of an evening. As a semi-retired executive manager, he finds working with groups like MSK a great way to use his skills and learn at the same time. He is an experienced Board member of a range of community welfare and health services, as well participating in co-design projects to improve services for consumers. He is a Deputy Chair for Youth Housing Project, an Ambassador for Beyond Blue, and consumer advocate for Health Consumers Qld and Qld Department of Health.
Phil is a former soldier of 10 years in the British Army with a long experience in navigating both UK and Australian health systems. His work life has been varied – soldier, carpenter, IT analyst and now a full-time small business owner in the events sector, not forgetting Dad to a crazy toddler! His health journey is not unlike most – a slow degenerating and often debilitating painful MSK condition that has been difficult to fully categorise, diagnose and ultimately treat. Phil has experienced a long history of trial medications and is keen to give back and use that lived experience to assist others.
Anne was diagnosed 11 years ago with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a condition of the nervous system causing immense pain; it can be caused by injury, surgery, or trauma – in Anne’s case, it was following a total knee replacement intended to alleviate osteoarthritis. During her working life as an organisational state manager, Anne had extensive experience on committees at both local and state levels. Anne’s condition, however, has greatly impacted her career, financial situation and family life. Anne really believes in the work being undertaken by MSK and wants to be involved further by being a CAC member.
Rachael was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2014. Learning to manage her condition with a young family has been a rollercoaster journey. Rachael recently joined the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee as an opportunity to contribute to the work of MSK and to give back as a consumer, rather than a health worker. Rachael has worked in various management and project roles in the NSW health system for over twenty years. Rachael is very passionate about person-centred care, meaningful consumer engagement and ensuring equity in accessing health services.
Paul spent 30+ years in senior roles In the Information Technology and Telecommunications Industry before succumbing to several life-changing, health events. After a turbulent adjustment period, he came to terms with the many mental and physical health conditions that now dominate his life – chronic back pain, Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritis and knee and shoulder pain. Yet, at the same time, this life change provided a platform for new meaning and purpose with Paul making contributions in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention and now, musculoskeletal health. Paul’s goal is to combine his business acumen with his extensive lived experience to improve the lives of others facing health issues.
Annie, now 65 years, has been living with the ankylosing spondylitis (AS) for over 40 years. This inflammatory condition affects her mobility and flexibility including her back, neck and peripheral joints. After complications from her AS, related osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, Annie was forced to retire at 47. In 2005, Annie co-founded the Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria Inc. peer support group and remains President. She is passionate about health advocacy, awareness and supporting people with AS. She has been involved in health consumer representative work and research with MSK for over 15 years and has been a consumer representative on various other committees.
Mikayla lives in regional Victoria and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the age 0f 12. Having RA has affected Mikayla’s quality of life, as there are a lot of everyday tasks that are difficult for her and the ongoing treatment for RA is extensive. Despite all this, Mikayla’s outlook for the future is positive and she hopes that, in time, she can be pain free and be able to live somewhat of a normal lifestyle. She also has an Instagram page dedicated to her journey with RA and shares her life with people to show them the good and bad days dealing with RA.
Developing symptoms at age 17, it would be three years before Sophie received a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now 30, Sophie has navigated tertiary studies, travel, work and relationships with a chronic illness. Sophie works in Program Management in the not-for-profit sector. In her role, she often reaches out to those with lived experience for their input to various campaigns – and decided she could do the same for others living with Musculoskeletal conditions. She is particularly interested in assisting other young adults with inflammatory conditions.